Friday, 26 December 2014

My Christmas Fridge

My fridge is a scary thing!  Visitors who open it are taken aback …. they turn and look at me for an explanation.  The only thing I can say is "its got nothing to do with me" and then they give me that look of pity and then empathy. I live with a fridge obsessive, what more can I say.
Joining with Belleau Kitchen Random Recipe #46 your #Christmas Fridge
Merry Christmas everyone.





Thursday, 4 December 2014

Coconut Ice for the Birthday Girl


Matilda was 2 yesterday and had an "Alice in Wonderland - Mad Hatter's Tea Party" on Sunday which was a glorious day. Dress ups were in order and so was a table full of tea party cakes!

I haven't made coconut ice for years but inspired recently by the blog of "Hotly Spiced" with delicately  pink jewels gracing her page, I thought this would make a perfect addition to the themed tea party.
This way to Matilda's party
Chalkboard with Chapter 1- Alice in Wonderland
Coconut Ice is better made the day before so that it has plenty of time to set hard in the fridge. Even though there is no cooking involved I remember there being some fairly heavy mixing action required. But I have some quick tips for that!


Matilda's amazing birthday cake



Matilda's mummy setting up the cake table
Ingredients ............…..
4 cups dessicated coconut
3 1/2 cups icing sugar
1 x 390 gm tin condensed milk
Pink food colouring

1x 8" square cake tin

What to do......................

Sift icing sugar into a mixing bowl,
Add coconut and mix thoroughly  so that the coconut and sugar are evenly distributed.








Cake Table

Now here is the trick......…..

Divide this coconut and sugar combo in half and place into separate mixing bowls.

Bowl No.1 will remain white

Bowl No.2 will be coloured pink

Pour half the tin of condensed milk into Bowl No.1 and mix with a knife to combine all the liquid, mix with your hands to combine as required, so that this becomes a smooth ball.

Set aside this white coconut ice.

Add a few drops of pink food colouring to the remaining half tin of condensed milk and stir to make it an even colour.

Pour the pink condensed milk into Bowl No.2  and repeat mixing process above.

This is so much easier than trying to add food colouring to an already solid ball of mixed ingredients. I was a little heavy handed with my Rose colouring, but then what little girls don't like a vibrant splash of pink at a party? I must get a dropper for this purpose in the future.


Lightly oil/grease an 8" square cake tin

Press the first layer of white mixture into the bottom of the cake tin - ensuring the mixture is evenly spread over the bottom of the tin.

Then add the pink layer on the top.

Cover with glad wrap and place in the fridge over night.

The next day turn the coconut ice out onto a board and cut into bite size pieces.  Mine made 64 small pop straight in your mouth - 1 bite size pieces perfect for little birthday parties.


Matilda in her Alice dress